PlasticTrace • Project Number: 21GRD07

Tracing Micro and NanoPlastics in Food and Environment

Metrological traceability of measurement data from nano- to small-microplastics for a greener environment and food safety


The Project

PlasticTrace aims to address the urgent need for development and harmonisation of methods for the chemical identification, physical characterisation and quantification of released small micro/nanoplastics (SMPs/NPs) in drinking water, food and environmental matrices, as required by the EU’s Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP).

Two-thirds of the 359 million tonnes of global plastic produced annually is released into the environment. Here it undergoes complex physicochemical processes, reacting and degrading over time.

The overall aim of this project is to develop international metrological capacity that enables the traceable measurement and characterisation of SMPs and NPs in environmental and food samples and the production of suitable reference materials, according to the metrological requirements.


Meet our Work Packages

The structure of PlasticTrace consists of four interconnected research WPs (1-4) supported by two non-technical WPs (5, 6) covering all parts of the project from research (1-4), management (6), training (5, dissemination, exploitation and public engagement (5).

News & Events

Latest Updates

M18 Meeting 21GRD07 PlasticTrace

M18 Meeting 21GRD07 PlasticTrace05 – 06 FEBRUARY, Turin (IT) Hosted by the Italian National Institute of Metrology Research (INRiM)Strada delle Cacce, 91 -10135 Torino, ITALY

2<sup>nd</sup> Newsletter

Welcome to the second edition of our newsletter!

Metrological determination of micro and nano contaminants in food

The European Metrology Network for Safe and Sustainable Food hosted a hybrid training event on micro and nano contaminants in food on 5-6 September 2023, in METAS (Bern-Wabern, Switzerland) and Online.

1<sup>st</sup> PlasticTrace Newsletter

Welcome to the first edition of our newsletter!

Round Table on Microplastics Standardization

Round Table on Microplastics StandardizationCo-organized by CA PRIORITY and 21GRD07 PlasticTraceMay 23, 2023, Berlin (DE). Hosted by Bundesanstalt fur Materialforschung und -prufung (BAM) Unter den Eichen 87, 12205 Berlin, Germany 

Stakeholder Advisory Board Meeting

May 23, 2023, Berlin (DE). Hosted by Bundesanstalt fur Materialforschung und -prufung (BAM)Unter den Eichen 87, 12205 Berlin, Germany